DOWNTOWN STRUTS: Victoria!: CD

Chicago band’s new release is a breath of fresh air from the current crop of records flooding the market. Elements of The Clash and The Replacements pop up in small doses. But the band’s songwriting skills are evident on each song. “Back to N.Y.” and “Mexican Graffiti” should have fans singing along to the words in no time. A solid album that will hopefully make a big splash.

 –koepenick (Pirates Press)